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The upcoming version of Mastodon (2.6) will have improved support for so-called circles (a group of recipients that is less than all your followers)

Mastodon itself does not implement circles, mind you, but e.g. Hubzilla does, and any ActivityPub server could.

Prior to this patch, such messages would appear as DMs with a large number of recipients in Mastodon. After the patch, they will appear just like normal private posts.

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I am a little bit excited because it was a minor technical challenge, but also a little disappointed because I realize almost nobody will ever come across it in practice.

@Gargron Yay! Is circles implementation on the roadmap? I'd love it.

@Gargron that's how a lot of the impactful changes tend to be

@Gargron I still dream about a feature that i can use to filter both local and public timeline so i dont see toots from my home timeline into my local and public timeline, i dont like to see again posts from people who i already follow into my local and public timeline.

@carlosceb
That's a good dream that makes sense. I would also add a feature so that it's possible to only show the latest toot from each person I follow. With a note saying +x unread posts. That way no one can take up all the space in my home feed.

@alexbeck
Also i dont know if its only me, but when i follow or post with other instances from my phone it has a delay

@carlosceb Yes it has a delay. I use an android app and the delay is long and irregular. I believe it's because the developer for ideological reasons didn't want to use standard Google notifications. Or maybe some other reason?

If I can get a small company going it might be possible to get normal speed. It could be a choice to turn it off for those who don't want fast notifications. The reason might be for privacy?

@Gargron That’s sounds very nice! When can we expect the next version release?

@Gargron @lain How will these appear in pleroma fe and mastodon fe for pleroma

@Gargron I'm somewhat confused on exactly what this would look like or what exactly it is? Could you provide a few preliminary screenshots for us please :)

@Eugenio @switching.social @kaniini Thanks a lot for this - we have this functionality today in Hubzilla, Osada, and Friendica. I suspect we will see several more.
@mike @switchingsocial @Gargron

it is a planned feature for Pleroma 2.x branch. some parts of it are already in Pleroma today, but not the whole picture.
我还以为是增加圈子功能,原来只是改善对其它地方的圈子的兼容

@Gargron
This is the feature that I'm waiting for. Cause I'm always using this for posting to group of my family in Google+.

@Gargron I don't really understand the concept behind "circles", what it will be userful for?

@Gargron Great news! Now the creation of such toots is the next natural thing to do \o/

@Gargron How are 'versions' of Mastodon exposed to the user?

Can an average user sitting on say the mastodon.social instance, tooting regularly, see a version number somewhere?

How would we know when a version change has happened?

@Gargron this is really cool! I’ve longed for a LiveJournal-like access model and this brings it closer.

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